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Leica X1


$2,200.00 Released January, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Compact. Great image quality, low noise. DNG RAW format support.

The Cons:Extremely high cost. Low resolution 2.7-inch TFT LCD (230k dot). Manual lens cap.

The Leica X1 is a compact high performance camera release by Lecia in September 2009. This classically styled camera gives you the option of fully automatic or manual control and contains a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor and a Leica Elmarit 24 mm F2.8 lens.

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It has a fixed focal length of 35mm, which is considered a classic for reportage photography. There is a 2.7" LCD screen to view what you are shooting and review shots you have already taken and has a built in pop-up flash with several modes including red-eye reduction. The autofocus gives fast focusing letting photographers react in an instant and with face recognition to allow complete concentration on framing the picture rather than focusing. It stores photos in JPEG format for immediate use, but also can store image files in the Adobe Digital Negative Format (DNG) to allow exploitation of all the benefits of the recorded sensor data.

Specifications

  • Sensor:
    • 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
    • APS-C size
    • 13 million total pixels
    • 12.2 million effective pixels
  • Lens:
    • Leica Elmarit 24 mm F2.8
    • 8 elements in 6 groups, 1 aspheric lens
    • 35 mm equiv. FOV
    • Non-removable
  • Focusing distance:
    • Normal: 60 cm - Infinity
    • Macro / Manual: 30 cm - Infinity
    • AF type: Contrast detect
  • AF modes:
    • 1-point
    • 1-point high speed
    • 11-point
  • 11-point high speed
    • Spot
    • Face detection
    • AF assist lamp: Yes
  • Exposure modes:
    • Program automatic
    • Aperture priority
    • Shutter priority
    • Manual
  • Exposure compensation:
    • +/- 3.0 EV
    • 1/3 EV steps
  • Exposure bracketing:
    • 3 frames
    • +/- 3.0 EV
    • 1/3 EV steps
  • Metering:
    • Intelligent multiple
    • Center weighted
    • Spot
  • Sensitivity:
    • Auto ISO
    • ISO 100
    • ISO 200
    • ISO 400
    • ISO 800
    • ISO 1600
    • ISO 3200
  • Shutter speed range: 30 - 1/2000 sec
  • Aperture range: F2.8 - F16
  • White balance:
    • Auto
    • Halogen
    • Daylight
    • Flash
    • Cloudy
    • Shadow
    • Manual 1
    • Manual 2
  • White balance fine tuning: Two axis
  • File formats:
    • JPEG
    • DNG
  • Image sizes:
    • 4272 x 2856 (12.2 MP)
    • 3264 x 2160 (7.0 MP)
    • 2144 x 1424 (3.0 MP)
    • 1632 x 1080 (1.8 MP)
  • Image modes:
    • JPEG Super fine
    • JPEG Fine
    • DNG + JPEG Super fine
    • DNG + JPEG Fine
  • Self timer:
    • 2 sec
    • 12 sec
  • Continuous shooting:
    • 3 / 2 fps
    • 6 images max (JPEG Fine + DNG)
  • Auto review:
    • 1 sec
    • 3 sec
    • 5 sec
    • Hold
  • Film modes:
    • Standard
    • Vivid
    • Natural
    • B&W Natural
    • B&W High contrast
  • Built-in flash modes:
    • Auto
    • Auto / Red-eye reduction
    • Forced on
    • Forced on / Red-eye reduction
    • Slow sync
    • Slow sync / Red-eye reduction
    • Studio
    • Option: First curtain / Second curtain
  • Hot shoe:
    • Yes
    • Compatible with SF58, SF24D
  • LCD monitor:
    • 2.7" TFT LCD
    • 230,000 pixels
    • 100% field of view
  • Playback:
    • Standard
    • 16 image thumbnail
    • Zoomed (up to 16x)
    • Image rotation
    • Protection
    • Deletion
  • Storage media: SD / SDHC
  • Connectivity:
    • USB 2.0 (Mass storage device)
    • HDMI
  • Power:
    • Lithium-ion battery pack
    • 260 exposures est. life
    • 200 min charge
  • Dimensions: 60 x 124 x 32 mm (2.4 x 4.9 x 1.3 in)
  • Weight: 286 g (10 oz)
  • Supplied accessories:
    • LEICA BP-DC8 rechargeable battery
    • Battery charger (LEICA BC-DC8)
    • Protective battery cover
    • Leather carrying strap
    • USB cable
    • Lens cap
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (download option after product registration)
       

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Pros
  • 3

    compact

  • 3

    great image quality, low noise

  • 1

    DNG RAW format support

  • 1

    large 12MP sensor

  • 0

    3FPS continuous shooting

  • 0

    can be used fully manually

  • 0

    utilizes affordable, easy to find and capacious SD/SDHC flash card storage

  • -1

    HDMI output

Cons
  • 2

    extremely high cost

  • 2

    low resolution 2.7-inch TFT LCD (230k dot)

  • 2

    manual lens cap

  • 1

    older styling is not for everyone

  • 1

    fixed lens

  • 1

    dials are made of aluminum, not brass

  • 1

    no zoom for action, sports, kids..

  • 1

    JPEG images have CA and soft

  • 1

    slow focus in low light conditions

  • 1

    no zoom for action, sports, kids;

  • 1

    only RAW has better resolution than JPEG

  • 0

    no bokeh,

  • 0

    no bokeh

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